England Set To Extend ‘Police State’ Powers… Staying Safe or Staying Scared?

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has defended plans to extend COVID lockdown powers in England, measures that one former Tory minister has branded “excessive and disproportionate”.

The government is facing a severe backlash over plans to extend draconian restrictions under the Coronavirus Act for another six months.

But speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Wallace said the government was “taking assessments from the science” to make decisions on lockdown policy.

He said: “The final mile is the most important thing for us all, make sure we buckle down, get through the different stages the prime minister set out.”

Asked whether the government could be extending the powers for longer than necessary, Wallace said: “Parliament can always remove powers if it needs to.”

He added: “None of us want to have draconian measures but this is an unprecedented global pandemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace arriving at BBC Broadcasting House in central London to appear on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. Picture date: Sunday March 21, 2021.
Defence secretary Ben Wallace arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in central London on Sunday. (PA)

“At each stage we will be taking assessments from the science, from where we are in the pandemic, and take the steps required,” he said.

“It is not a one-way street. Just because we are seeking to extend the powers doesn’t mean we are deaf to how facts change on the ground.”

Read: Laurence Fox criticises ‘despicable’ police at lockdown protest

However, former Conservative minister Steve Baker described the Coronavirus Act as “excessive and disproportionate”, adding that it “should now go”.

He said: “The government really does need to start taking advantage of their own great success on the vaccination programme.”  Source

Note…

The two interviews relevant to this discussion in the Sophy Ridge show are the first two:  Ben Wallace MP and Steve Baker MP.

Comment: 

Nobody can even pretend surprise now at the predictable call to further extend the tyranny being imposed upon the peoples of the UK in the name of protecting us from a virus from which the majority of people who become infected including the elderly recover. Only those elderly with serious underlying conditions are at any risk, as they are always at risk from any other flu virus.   

I say “the peoples of the UK” because – just as predictably – what happens in England today comes to Scotland tomorrow.  How long is this “stay  safe” baloney going to last?  With every promise of the easing of restrictions comes a cautionary warning; keep washing your hands, wearing masks, [anti]social distancing OR we will imprison you again.   In other words, the “stay safe” message is merely a rather unsubtle form of a quite different, if highly effective, message; stay scared.  

So, again, I ask – how long is this tyranny going to last?  Some think another year.  Others think two years.   Others even longer – I read one estimate of eight years recently.  Meanwhile, people are forgetting what it’s like to be free – and many young people have never known what it is like to live as a free person.   Will we continue (as a population) to accept the kind of arrogance displayed by Ben Wallace MP during the above Sophy Ridge interview?  One thing is a dead cert – if the Westminster Parliament (and the other devolved assemblies) extend police state powers allegedly for another six months, there is no guarantee that we will be free in six months. The more we go along with this authoritarian abuse of power, the longer it will last. Contrary to what Ben Wallace MP said, Governments do not give up powers they’ve taken in alleged emergencies.  Doesn’t happen. 

People drift into situations and we have already drifted into totalitarian governance. Have we no option but to accept this “new normal”?  Some people ignore the rules and live as we did prior to lockdowns.  I sympathise, especially for two people I’ve been reading about: one said  “I’ve been in more lockdowns than relationships” and  another who, in future job interviews, can only explain the gap, the missing year, in his Curriculum Vitae, by saying that he was washing his hands 😀

This is all serious stuff folks so think carefully before you shrug off this latest extension of police state powers with a casual: “what’s six more months…”   

England: Restrictions to Ease Soon? Scotland Calling… Earth to Nicola… 

Comment: 

Looks like some temporary relief is on the horizon for our cousins south of the border, if only because – according to Steve Baker MP – Easter is a very busy time for the hospitality sector, pubs and restaurants… Er, churches tend to be pretty busy around Easter as well, coincidentally, would you believe. The Bishops must, without any hesitation, announce the re-opening of churches without consulting either Government officials or the virus. God will take care of both.

So, here we have Steve Baker MP in very optimistic mood, talking as if the English population is possibly going to have their freedoms handed back in the near future.  Really?  I wonder if they will be accepting asylum seekers from Scotland… Nicola, are you listening? 

Elsewhere on talkRADIO this morning, we heard Peter Hitchens reminding us that, having handed over our freedom, we won’t be getting it back.  He did say that there would be (as has been the case to date) some easing of restrictions, a certain amount of freedom permitted and then there will be another fear-filled reason why we need to have the restrictions imposed yet again, if not another full-blown lockdown. 

So, who do you think is closer to the truth – Peter Hitchens or Steve Baker MP?   

IS talkRADIO “The Home Of Free Speech”? Just Ask Peter Hitchens… 

Comment:

The censored segment in the Mike Graham/Peter Hitchens interview is very significant.  Peter Hitchens isn’t saying anything that has not been said on this blog many times. So, what do the executives at talkRADIO know that the rest of us have not been told? Guesses welcome…  

Having lived in the Soviet Union – and he makes frequent references to the fact – Peter seems to be more aware than just about anyone else in the world of journalism/media that what is going on right now in the UK has led us into living life as populations do under Communist dictatorships. 

If only we could find an informed and committed Catholic journalist who would speak up in the same confident way,  with the ability to concisely explain the 1917 Fatima apparitions, including the later prophecy revealed by the Fatima seer, Sr Lucia; in an interview with American Historian Professor William Thomas Walsh in 1946,  Sr Lucia said that every country in the world would be overtaken by Communism, reinforcing the earlier warnings that Communism would spread unless the Pope & Bishops consecrate Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  Russia, the first nation to publicly disown the very existence of God in its governance, has to be given back to God, and until that happens in the manner prescribed at Fatima, the world (and Church) will continue in turmoil. 

So, please… is there a Catholic journalist in the house? 

Covid Censorship In UK – MP Under Attack For Challenging Propaganda…


Comment: 

Notice how the Sky News presenter intervenes throughout the above report to “correct” the MP. This is censorship writ large. It’s a devious means of not allowing the viewer to hear the full statement(s) from a critic, a means of suppressing the truth. 

Sir Desmond Swayne MP has spoken out from a relatively early stage, questioning the need for the restrictions.  On one occasion he said – paraphrasing slightly  – there may be a time when we find ourselves afflicted by a virus so deadly that we need to impose these kind of restrictions… this is not it!

The TV news outlets are dangerous. You should only watch if you are totally clear in your own mind that they are suppressing the truth about “the virus”, and that the numbers are not reliable – to put it as mildly as possible. The media, certainly the broadcasting media (with the exception of talkRadio), is effectively an arm of the Government, a propaganda wing, no less which is why the entire population has been so easily controlled.  If you disagree, say so in the comments below.

If you would like to congratulate Sir Desmond Swayne MP, and encourage him to continue to use his voice in Parliament to fight the tyranny descending upon us, you can email him on desmond.swayne.mp@parliament.uk

Authoritarian UK Governments Are Recruiting Child-Spies: Criminal Surely? 

Comment:

I mean, just how much further down the road to outright tyranny must we go before the majority of people inside and outside Parliament waken up to the truth about “the virus”?  Maybe if someone leaves a trail of beans from Westminster (and the other centres of Government in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast) all the way to China, then the penny will drop. 

There’s just no explaining the blindness around us – except in supernatural terms.  We are living through the prophesied – at Fatimadiabolical disorientation, when everything in the world and the Church is upside down; the old order is being crushed and a “new normal” established, where our freedoms have been permanently removed. 

God will intervene in due course – once we have been sufficiently chastened and turned back to Him.  In the meantime, we need to pray, to live the Fatima Message as it applies to us, and keep watch, so that we are alert to the reality of the evil engulfing us. Let’s also do our best to alert others to what amounts to criminal behaviour by the UK Governments.

If you disagree that the recruitment of children to spy on their parents is criminal, tell us so and explain… how would you describe it?  How can it be justified?  

Doctors Punished Personally/Financially For Not Obeying “Covid Orthodoxy”…

Comment: 

There are reports this morning on the  refusal of the Westminster Government to identify a way out of lockdown.  Click here to read more.

Note this from one MP – the Deputy Chair of the group, Steve Baker: “We locked down the country and shut down our schools on the basis of a forecast, so why can’t we open it up on the basis of one too? It is not sustainable to leave the public and British businesses languishing any longer.”   

Is Steve Baker right – or is the Prime Minister right to refuse to commit to ending lockdowns and restrictions, in the spirit of “better safe than sorry”? Is “staying safe” the most important thing?  

London Mayor: Non-Compliance Serious – NHS Theatre of War! Stay At Home! 

Comment: 

According to Lockdown Sceptics, Government is very concerned about the lack of compliance this time around – and I have to say my own experience driving down the motorway last Wednesday was not what I expected.  The M8 was packed, traffic no different from any other week night.  So, it may be that people are, at last, waking up to what is really going on and, hopefully, will find the courage to fight this ongoing tyranny.

I still hear people say “We’re sleep-walking into Communism…”  To which I reply: “NO!  It’s here!  We’ve marched into it… We’re living under Communist governance, right now.”  Before we know it, we’ll be in the later stages where, as the cheerful Communist-inspired motto goes,You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy about it.  Those of us who who want to keep ownership of our own homes and hearths, must refuse to comply with these disgraceful restrictions on our freedoms, both personal and religious freedom –  we must not, we cannot allow them to be taken away from us.   

This police state activity took place in Scotland, just a few days ago…  a neighbour reported this family for having too many people in their home, when the people she saw entering were actually para-medics bringing their seriously ill daughter home from hospital… Snitches are not only nasty people, but they’re dangerous people as well…  

We keep asking what we can do about this tyranny being imposed on us and the answer seems to be – nothing.  Protests are squashed; remember the 35,000 plus people who protested in London in recent months (reported on the TV news as “a few hundred”) – we are, literally, under totalitarian dictatorship, we are living in a police state.  Obviously, we must pray hard and we must do everything possible to signal our unwillingness to accept this new way of life – this “new normal”.  No thanks!  We must call out the propaganda for what it is, at every opportunity. That apart, without some form of seriously organised protest which will garner meaningful support from the public and force the Government to stop their fear-mongering over a virus with an almost 100% recovery rate in those who become infected, it seems we have no option but to bow down and accept what’s coming to us:   Full blown Communism.  

An offer…

If anyone can come up with a likely-to-work plan, for example, to bring top speakers to Glasgow to lead a protest, Catholic Truth will fund it.  Contact us on editor@catholictruthscotland.com  

Leading The Post-Vatican II Battle For Catholic Schools, Daphne McLeod, RIP … 

The sad news of the death of Daphne McLeod [left] has just arrived in my inbox, emailed by a mutual friend who has written to say that she first went into hospital about a month ago.  Then, yesterday morning she had “taken a turn for the worse” and passed away yesterday evening, Sunday 3rd January, at about 7 p.m.  I’m not sure of Daphne’s exact age but she was somewhere in her nineties. 

Daphne was one of the first people to realise the damage being done to Catholic education, following Vatican II.  She had been the Head of an infants’ school and was possessed of a strong Catholic sense, which included realising the importance of sound teaching in the Faith.  

After she retired, Daphne worked voluntarily in her parish, schooling the Confirmation class.  Once, on a visit to her home for a few days’ holiday, I had the pleasure of attending one of her lessons after Sunday Mass.  Having been trained in the days before the insistence on the importance of “modern methods” of teaching, I was astonished to see the way in which Daphne wove every imaginable technique into that one lesson;  as they indulged in some juice and biscuits, the pupils listened closely to her suitably short introductory talk, volunteered to read a parable, dramatized it (working together as a group), were set to do a related drawing, discussed the meaning of said parable and engaged in a lively Question and Answer session, so that Daphne could gauge their learning.  It was a classic A1 performance by any standards. She’d have flown through any Ofsted Inspection.  

Daphne was so convinced of the dangers posed to Catholic families by the modernist books being used in religion lessons post Vatican II that she set about studying the diocesan approved textbooks and then alerted bishops, priests, parents and teachers to the dangerous content.  To this end, Daphne worked through an organisation called Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope), in time taking a leading position (Chairman) within the group.  In this way, Daphne was able to organise meetings and larger conferences in and around London, as well as accepting invitations to address audiences elsewhere – happily including a Catholic Truth audience in Glasgow!  

As well as being a first class teacher-model, a true Catholic educationalist, Daphne was a good personal friend, as I know myself; when I was fighting modernism in my own neck of the educational woods, Daphne offered sound advice and proved to be a kind and faithful friend.  It’s a while since we spoke on the phone now, but I feel a real sense of loss, as will everyone who knew Daphne, I have no doubt.  May she rest in peace. 

Daphne McLeod, Surrey,  may she rest in peace…

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Covid-19: Tyranny – Shouldn’t We ALL Shout At Politicians? Hmmm… YES! 

Comment: 

Well done, Julia, for telling Bob Stewart MP  that you have every right to shout at him, given that he is planning to vote for continuing/worsening restrictions in the name of Covid, without a shred of evidence for the need to do so.  He comes across as a weakling, keen to keep on the right side of his equally weak boss.  Well done!  Your show, and others at talkRadio, is about the only pushback to this shocking removal of our freedom. In saner times, we could have looked to our priests and bishops to fight, on the grounds that our liberty comes from God, and cannot be taken away by any Government.  But, to match the weak MP on your show today and the weak Prime Minister, we also have a bunch of weak priests matching their weak “bosses”;  there hasn’t been a right-thinking Bishop in possession of a backbone seen anywhere in Scotland since the outset of this “crisis”. They accepted then that God is a non-essential “item” and it’s been all downhill ever since. 

However, ever keen to be fair to them 😀 and in case I’d missed an announcement from the Scottish Bishops’ Conference opposing the continuing restrictions on our personal and religious freedoms, I paid a visit just now to their website.  No sign of any opposition there; far from it – there is a notice offering priests in Scotland an opportunity to participate in an online Advent afternoon of recollection which will take place via Zoom on Thursday 10th December 2020,  from 2pm – 4pm.   Unbelievable.  Source

Here’s a wee meditation suggestion for the clergy – would only take about 10 minutes of the two hours allocated for their “Advent afternoon of recollection” – why not start acting like real priests, ignore the Government restrictions, announce that if anyone wishes to report you to the police, to at least have the courage to give advance notice, including name and address, with a short signed note waiving their claim  to the Last Sacraments, including Confession, should they become seriously ill at any time during this contrived crisis.   You can see why they won’t ordain women, can’t you, ‘cos’ that’s exactly  what I’d do, I kid you not. 

Anyway, back to Julia’s response to that hapless Member of Parliament – was she right to shout at him?  Would you shout at your MP, given half a chance?  I’ve already had to switch off the capital letters when I email mine, because he might not reply if I “shout” over the internet 😀     Is “shouting” – for which read, more accurately, plain-speaking, vigorous discussion –  likely to get the message across that you want him or her fighting to restore our liberty?  Well, frankly, being nice and soft-spoken doesn’t seem to be making any difference, so, worth a try…  if only via the internet? 

What’s  that?  Does this question – “would/should we shout” (at them) –   also apply to Bishops? Well, now… what do you think?  

Lockdowns – Enough! Millions Need To Take To The Streets – Broadcaster…

Comment: 

Any time I’ve heard her on the subject of Covid-19 and all that goes with it, Carol McGiffin is always clear-thinking and straight to the point.  She’s absolutely right to say that unless people take to the streets in millions, we’ll be living like this indefinitely.  In fact, that’s the very word which has featured often in the Boris & Nicola Show – “indefinitely”…  We won’t be returning to the old normal…. we need to get used to the “new normal”.  And I’m sure the same is true about Wales and the North of Ireland.  I just never hear those comedy sketches.   It looks very much like, well, if we want to have our God-given (not Government-given) rights and freedoms back, we are going to have to do something drastic.  We’re going to have to rebel, whether individually, or, as Carol says, in our millions on the streets of the UK.  It may be that we come to see that this is our Christian duty, that we have a moral obligation to protest the totalitarianism under which we are currently living.  I think she’s on the button there. 

However, when reflecting on the “why” – why does the Government continue with the same failed (and ridiculous) lockdowns and restrictions when they clearly don’t work – Carol (and interviewer, Kevin)  draw the same conclusion as all the other commentators:  the received wisdom seems to be that it’s because the politicians have boxed themselves into a corner and can’t find a way of getting out of the situation… they’re committed to lockdowns whether or not they work, because the politicians don’t want to lose face.  I think this is totally false. They’re brazen – these scoundrels don’t give a toss about “losing face”…

Politicians getting themselves out of awkward situations, doing “u-turns” – albeit dressed up to not look like u-turns – is part and parcel of being a politician.  They lie for a living.  It’s nothing to them to change course. That is not the reason for their persistence. Watch any episode of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ or ‘House of Cards’ to refresh your memory.  No, that’s not it.  They have tried and tested ways of changing course and getting away with it – they’ve literally made a career out of doing just that.  So, why are they continuing with the same old, same old, ridiculous and failed policies? 

As I’ve opined many times on this blog, I believe it’s because there’s big money involved.  In the above interview, there’s no mention of The Great Reset, brainchild of the World Economic Forum, much less one of their major slogans, “You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy about it”; no mention either of the claim from the President of Belarus that he refused a bribe to introduce lockdowns in his country.  No mention at all. 

So, disappointingly, even the more savvy of the broadcasters in today’s heavily censored media climate, still don’t get it.  Or maybe they do and they’re not allowed to say so on air.  If so, they’re not being honest by continuing to peddle the lie that suddenly our political masters are just a tad too shy and embarrassed to admit that they made some mistakes in imposing lockdowns, destroying the economy, leaving patients without necessary treatments and operations for the purpose of allowing the NHS to focus on those with Covid symptoms, and too bad about the dramatic increase in suicides as a result of depression, job losses and a combination of the above. Doesn’t make sense to me.  There’s money being handed down from those in high – if very dark – places.  That’s my considered opinion…  What about you?